Social psychiatry

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 29–33 | Cite as

The consequences of labeling a person as mentally ill

  • W. Kenneth Bentz
  • J. Wilbert Edgerton
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Summary

A random sample of 1,405 respondents were interviewed to determine their attitudes about mental illness and the extent of tolerance for the mentally ill in terms of their willingness to interact with ex-mental patients. The generally accepted proposition that rejection results when a person is labeled as mentally ill was tested. The data did not support or refute this proposition. They do indicate, however, that there is a trend toward greater acceptance of mental illness and the mentally ill by the public.

Keywords

Public Health Random Sample Mental Illness Great Acceptance Tendance Vers 

Résumé

On a interviewé un échantillon de 1'405 personnes choisies au hasard afin de déterminer leur attitude devant la maladie mentale et leur degré de tolérance à l'égard des malades mentaux selon leur volonté d'avoir des contacts avec d'anciens patients psychiatriques. On a testé le principe généralement admis selon lequel une personne portant l'étiquette de malade mental serait rejetée. Les résultats n'ont ni confirmé ni infirmé ce principe. Ils montrent, cependant, qu'il y a une tendance vers une plus grande acceptation de la maladie mentale et du malade mental par le public.

Zusammenfassung

Eine Zufallsstichprobe von 1405 Probanden wurde interviewt, um ihre Einstellung gegenüber seelischer Gesundheit und das Ausmaß von Toleranz gegenüber Geisteskranken gemäß ihrer Bereitwilligkeit zum Kontakt mit früheren psychiatrischen Patienten zu bestimmen. Die allgemein anerkannte Behauptung, daß ein Mensch zurückgewiesen wird, wenn er als geisteskrank bezeichnet worden ist, wurde geprüft. Weder stützten die Ergebnisse die Annahme, noch widerlegten sie sie. Sie wiesen jedoch darauf hin, daß bei der Öffentlichkeit mehr Bereitschaft besteht, seelische Krankheiten und die seelisch Kranken anzuerkennen.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Kenneth Bentz
    • 1
  • J. Wilbert Edgerton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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